Submitted by Ian Jones on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 2:53pm
This second week has been very exciting for Gearbeat. After last week, Matt and I decided to upgrade from our free account with Protoshare, and start working with the full product. Even though we weren’t quite sure about some features, we were sure that it would at least allow us to create high quality designs for each of the prototyped pages.
My second week at Caron, Colven, Robison and Shafton was full of difficult legal research, interesting court cases, political conversations and particularly enjoyable lunch breaks. I realize now I should have documented my week more thoroughly as to not forget anything notable for this blog post. However, I will do my best to summarize my experiences over the last few days. I did not divide my work experiences by lawyer for any particular reason other than the aforementioned remembrance issue.
After my second week working for the Hillsboro Hops Minor League Baseball team, I've started to settle in. The week began in panic, as I began to here of college kids submitting applications for summer internships. After my original conversations with my mentor, General Manager KL Wombacher, I thought that I was going to be able to continue my senior project into the summer, but talks of actual competiting applicants made me a little nervous.
I love to run; I got first place at my last track meet—just kidding. ‘Running’ is the term used by the Saint Honoré Boulangerie (précisement, c’est un ‘boulangerie’ et non pas un ‘bakery’ anglais) that describes the grueling task of serving food, bussing tables, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, making sure the front end does not run out of coffee on Monday mornings.
Although as Portlanders, we pride ourselves on being leaders in sustainability, our downtown food carts alone go through 60,000 disposable containers a month—60,000 pounds of landfill waste each year. And because health code regulations prohibit people from simply bringing their own reusable containers (different story for beverages, hence Starbucks), disposable containers have since been the status quo.
I have begun week two of my venture into the world of Japanese teaching/assisting, and it's been fun, but strenuous. I think everyone thinks my Japanese is way better than it actually is, because they speak super fast to me and while I'm still trying to figure out the first sentence they threw at me, they're looking at me with an expectant look on their face, and waiting for me to answer like 3 questions that I've just been asked. It's been excellent practice, but I'm soooooooooo tired at the end of the day, and I keep talking to my family in Japanese and they think I'm going crazy.
I've never formally studied architecture, at least, not in any comprehensive way. I took an "elective" at my previous school, which consisted of an hour each week, and focused on the basics of Sketchup, but that hardly prepares for any rigorous architectural endeavors.
The first week of my senior project has gone by, and so far, it has gone well! Unfortunately, I lost two days of the week to Golf Districts (I won the district individually, and our team won as well, qualifying for state!) Anyway, after two days at districts, I rode my bike down to Dan’s Wednesday morning. We decided not to work on my Fiat right away, and instead get some practice in the shop. This will allow him to finish up a few of his projects before putting my car in the garage, and will give me experience that will be useful for the harder project of fixing my car.